Yesterday I came home to signs being posted on the fridge. My 17 year-old had cleaned it without asking and she left notes instructing us on where things should go and that we should “put things back.”
During the fake power outage over the weekend my boys played with their Legos. Before bedtime last night, they cleaned them up.
Also the youngest made no-bake cookies. Lots of them.
The great inventions we enjoy are built upon lots of small discoveries. We wouldn’t have the iPhone without Pixar. We wouldn’t have Pixar without Star Wars. We wouldn’t have Star Wars without Kirosawa. We wouldn’t have Kirosawa without a mentor teaching a young man to face his fears.
It’s neat to see those moments where the kids do small things that make a difference. All the small things are needed for the great things in life.
We’re four hours into our 24 hours without power and after the initial shock 5/6 family members are embracing it as an adventure.
I do miss having a keyboard to type with. But that’s part of the adventure.
The 9 year old wanted muddy buddies and so the hiking stove got used to melt chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter. The recipe was successful proving that an inconvenience stop you from having a treat.
The LEGOs have returned. Years ago they aren’t getting picked up and so they were placed in storage in the garage. Now the garage has half it’s square footage taken up by LEGOs.
I took a nap and charged my phone using a charging brick. I’ll charge the brick and my phone again via the car if the need presents itself.
It’s important to have a support network in situations like this.
We’ve shared our status with others and have a friend with a gas stove in case we need to cook anything major. We have another friend who ‘still has electricity’ where we can escape to if necessary.
Tonight we’ve got plans for board games instead of watching tv and we’re hoping that our reluctant adventurer will see the good in her life.